Let the Feast Commence; Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty Returns This September With an All New Four-Day Party for the Mouth

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Announcing The Complete Lineup For Feast Portland 2014, September 18-21, 2014, The Northwest’s Flagship Food and Drink Festival, With Tickets On Sale May 19

Feast Portland 2014

The Portland food scene never stops pushing the boundaries and that has caused waves on a national level. Feast Portland showcases the energy and experience that has put Oregon on the map. - Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit

Loosen all belts, because Bon Appétit Presents: Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty, the flagship food and drink festival of the Pacific Northwest, taking place on September 18-21, 2014, announces its festival lineup today, with tickets going on sale Monday, May 19th at http://www.feastportland.com. Entering its third year, this four-day party for the mouth brings together leading chefs, artisans, farmers, winemakers, brewers and distillers from Oregon and beyond for one delicious weekend with over 35 events at venues across Portland. At the core of this annual exhibition of bounty is a mission to end childhood hunger in Oregon and across America by donating festival net proceeds to Share Our Strength and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, giving more than $99,000 in its first two years.

Based in a city globally celebrated for innovations in food and drink, Feast Portland unites local talent with internationally recognized chefs, industry leaders, national media and top culinary influencers. Founded by Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch in 2011, Feast has become a premier festival for emerging and established talent across the industry. “Feast Portland shines the spotlight on Portland and Oregon for one weekend each year, and provides industry leaders with firsthand experience of emerging culinary trends,” said Welch and Thelin.

Local Portland chefs such as Aaron Barnett (St. Jack), Elias Cairo (Olympic Provisions), Jose Chesa (Ataula), Greg and Gabi Denton (OX Restaurant), Jason French (Ned Ludd), John Gorham (Toro Bravo), Gregory Gourdet (Departure), Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood (Bunk Sandwiches), Tyler Malek (Salt & Straw), Joshua McFadden (Ava Gene’s), Kristen Murray (Maurice), Vitaly Paley (Paley’s Place Bistro + Bar, Imperial), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Will Preisch and Joel Stocks (Holdfast), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), Gabe Rucker (Le Pigeon), Adam Sappington (Country Cat), John Taboada (Luce), Cathy Whims (Nostrana), and Justin Woodward (Castagna) welcome a roster of visiting chefs including Hugh Acheson (Empire State South), Noah Bernamoff (Black Seed Bagels), Jamie Bissonnette (Toro), Marco Canora (Hearth), Homaro Cantu (Moto), Chris Cosentino (Incanto), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn), Brad Farmerie (Public), Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue), Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes), Paul Kahan (Avec), Philip Krajeck (Rolf & Daughters), Edward Lee (610 Magnolia), Anita Lo (Annisa), Ori Menashe (Bestia), Charles Phan (The Slanted Door), Paul Qui (qui), Jon Shook (Animal), Sarah Simmons (CITY GRIT), Michael Solomonov (Zahav), Ari Taymor (Alma), Matthew Tinder (The Restaurant at Meadowood), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milkbar), Kuniko Yagi (Hinoki & the Bird) and Rachel Yang (Joule).

“Oregon’s vibrant food scene is a direct result of the talent that is cultivated here along with access to some of the world’s most pristine ingredients," said Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon. “Feast Portland celebrates Oregon’s bounty and allows us to showcase the diversity of culinary experiences that can be found throughout the state.”

Feast Portland 2014 will feature the return of marquee events like Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational Presented By Dave’s Killer Bread, USA Pears Night Market at Zidell Yards, Oregonian Media Group High Comfort at The Nines, and Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines.

New to the Feast Portland schedule is a Sunday marquee event, Brunch Village. This walk-around style tasting event celebrates the Bloody Mary-fueled phenomenon of Portland’s favorite meal – Sunday brunch.

“The Portland food scene never stops pushing the boundaries and that has caused waves on a national level,” said Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit. “Through its wide range of events and talent, Feast Portland showcases the energy and experience that has put Oregon on the map.”

Another exciting addition to the 2014 Feast Portland schedule is The Hot 10 Dinner: Celebrating Bon Appétit's Best New Restaurants in America. The exclusive Thursday night dinner will feature five previously nominated Bon Appétit Best New Restaurant chefs – both from inside and outside of Portland – as well as a chef from this year’s top 10 list. Marquee events are complemented by intimate sit-down dinners, tasting panels, hands-on classes, lively culinary demonstrations and industry get-togethers over the course of the weekend.

A complete listing of events and participants can be found at http://www.feastportland.com.

The Hot 10 Dinner: Celebrating Bon Appétit's Best New Restaurants in America
Location: Ava Gene’s | Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $200
Feel the pulse of the country’s best restaurants at this multi-course dinner prepared by past and present recipients of the “Hot 10,” Bon Appétit's annual short list of the best new restaurants in America, as named each year by Restaurant and Drinks Editor Andrew Knowlton. Hosted by Knowlton and Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport this dinner is a showcase of Hot 10 alums as well as one chef/restaurant from the 2014 list to be unveiled in late August.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational Presented By Dave’s Killer Bread
Location: Director Park | Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Time: 6pm-9pm | Price: $95
The goal: Sandwich Supernova. The event: The Sandwich Invitational, Feast Portland’s killer kick-off party, where wildly imaginative, chef’d-up interpretations redefine the humble sandwich. This year, 13 of America’s top chefs gather under the stars at Downtown Portland’s Director Park in their quest for sandwich success. Vote for the People’s Choice winner, wash it down with local Widmer Brothers Brewing beers, Northwest wines and cocktails for a deliciously unforgettable evening.

Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines
Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 and Saturday, September 20, 2014 | Time: 12pm-5pm | Price: $60
Oregon is known for outstanding artisan offerings such as cheese, charcuterie, wine, beer and coffee. Come taste them all at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting when Portland’s “living room” becomes the city’s dining room for two days of Feast-ing! At the festival’s premiere daytime event, discover artisans, wineries and breweries. Indulge in Oregon’s best as the country’s top chefs return to the KitchenAid Main Demo Stage for lively cooking demonstrations. Whether a new to Oregon’s bounty or a dedicated locavore this event is not to be missed.

USA Pears Night Market at Zidell Yards
Location: Zidell Yards | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 | Time: 6pm-9pm | Price: $125
The nation’s liveliest outdoor celebration of global street food moves to the iconic Portland waterfront at Zidell Yards. So get ready for an evening that is bigger, bolder, and somehow, filled with even more food! Situated below the Ross Island Bridge, the Night Market will overlook the central artery of this port town, the Willamette River. New street food offerings will include the plethora of well-loved Asian options, along with Italian, Argentinian, Indian and more. With a who’s who of Oregon craft beer, wine, and spirits, prepare for an experience that embodies the sights, sounds, and tastes of an international culinary journey.

Oregonian Media Group High Comfort at The Nines
Location: The Nines Hotel | Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014 | Time: 6pm-9pm | Price: $175
Feast Portland doubles down again this year, with more than 20 chefs pushing comfort food out of its comfort zone at High Comfort. Put on the cuff links and high heels ladies and gents, and head to The Nines Hotel for the most decadent culinary event around. Oregon’s top winemakers will personally keep the glasses full amidst an abundance of food by the nation’s top culinary talent from Portland to NYC and everywhere in between. Don’t plan anything early the next day!

Brunch Village
Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square | Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Time: 11am-2pm | Price: $75
A collection of the best of the brunch for Feast Portland’s newest event, Brunch Village. For those who have waited in line outside of that must-get-into brunch place, for the barons of Bloody Mary’s, for the sultans of scrambled eggs - pull up a chair for the best boozy brunch ever. Chefs from Portland and around the country will build their “towns” of bacon, eggs, pastries, and everything else that makes brunch a favorite meal of the day. Pile a plate high, relax and take in the first-ever Feast Cocktail Competition, where Portland’s top bartenders mix up their favorite drinks for brunch glory.

Hands-On Classes & Tasting Panels
Location: Throughout Downtown Portland | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 – Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Prices: $55-$125
For those who want to bring home more than just a fully belly from the festival, Feast Portland’s Hands-On Classes provide a rare opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade directly from the nation’s most skilled artisans and chefs. The Tasting Panels explore new trends in the beverage world, with discussions and tastings of wine, beer and cocktails led by local and national experts.

Dinner Series:
New KitchenCru Dinner Series Debuts
Traditional Feast Portland Dinner Series Returns
Location: KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace and Various Portland Restaurants | Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 – Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Prices: $100-$175
KitchenCru is a shared use kitchen and culinary incubator in the heart of Portland – thus it’s the perfect location for the Feast Portland KitchenCru Dinner Series, a brand-new, next-level, multi-chef, collaborative dinner series where chefs from around the country will bring together their unique perspectives for once-in-a-lifetime dinner experiences. Feast Portland’s popular traditional dinner series also returns, pairing a visiting chef with a Portland favorite, creating the menus of their lives. With a spotlight on the best Oregon ingredients and local wines, attendees will feast on the culinary excellence of the country’s top chefs and those from the backyard.

State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyard and Willamette Valley Vineyards
Location: KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $175
Join a super group of the country’s leading edge chefs for what will be one of most interesting dinners ever to happen on Oregon soil. Local boy Justin Woodward (Castagna, Portland) will be joined by Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, San Francisco), Homaro Cantu (Moto, Chicago), Matt Accarrino (SPQR, San Francisco) and pastry chef Matt Tinder (The Restaurant at Meadowood, Napa Valley) in this culinary super jam.

Pop Stars with Elk Cove Vineyards and Ponzi Vineyards
Location: KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace | Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $150
Pop-up dinners and restaurants are the culmination of inventive culinary themes and vanguard chefs, so Feast Portland gathers together favorite “pop stars” including Sarah Simmons (City Grit, NYC) along with local pop heroes Katy Millard (Coquine, Portland) and Will Preisch and Joel Stocks (Holdfast Dining, Portland) in one kitchen for one night to create what is sure to be a once-in-a lifetime meal.

Girls! Girls! Girls! with Elizabeth Chambers Cellar and Domaine Serene
Location: KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace | Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $175
Those who claim that men monopolize the culinary world simply haven’t been paying attention for the past decade. Be schooled by bad-ass lady chefs Kuniko Yagi (Hinoki and the Bird, Los Angeles), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar, NYC), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast, Portland), and Johanna Ware (Smallwares, Portland) as they ‘lean in’ and show why women are leading the culinary conversation more than ever.

Edward Lee and Jenn Louis at Lincoln Restaurant with King Estate
Location: Lincoln Restaurant | Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $150
Two Top Chef alums join forces at Lincoln for a food reality TV junkie’s fantasy dinner. Kentucky-based chef Edward Lee (610 Magnolia, Louisville) and Jenn Louis (Lincoln, Portland) will serve up delicious dishes full of Oregon bounty.

Anita Lo and Gregory Gourdet at Departure with R. Stuart & Co. Winery and Sokol Blosser
Location: Departure Restaurant | Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $150
Two masters of invention spiked with Asian flair, Anita Lo (Annisa, NYC) and Gregory Gourdet (Departure, Portland) come together for an unforgettable evening. At Annisa, Chef Lo has been collecting stars – one from the Michelin guide and a rare three sparklers from The New York Times in the past year – while Chef Gourdet has been turning heads as a prolific chef and budding television personality. And the best view of Downtown thrown in for good measure because creating 'unforgettable' is serious business.

Ari Taymor and Sarah Pliner at Aviary with Archery Summit
Location: Aviary Restaurant | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $150
Chef Ari Taymor (Alma, Los Angeles) ventures north to team up with Sarah Pliner (Aviary, PDX) for a dinner to remember. Two food world Picassos, Taymor and Pliner, root classic technique at the heart of their food, but add a world of abstraction and creativity that brings it to another level. Don't miss this chance to see what they create together.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.feastportland.com for the more than 35 events around Portland, Oregon, and offer a broad range, from “The Package,” which includes one ticket each to the Friday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Saturday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Sandwich Invitational, Night Market, Brunch Village and High Comfort, at $530, to tasting panels at $55.

In addition, visitors and media are invited to expand their Feast experience by taking advantage of pre- and post-event options that will take them to Oregon tastemakers’ favorite mouthwatering spots. Travel Oregon’s “Trails to Feast” inspirational itineraries give a firsthand look into Oregon’s bounty – meeting the farmers, fishermen, winemakers, foragers and food artisans who contributed the ingredients behind Feast. For more information or to plan a tasty adventure, go to http://www.TravelOregon.com/see-do/eat-drink.

To apply for a Feast Portland 2014 Media Credential or Blogger Pass, please visit http://www.FeastPortland.com/press. To learn about becoming a Feast Portland sponsor, please email sponsorships(at)feastportland(dot)com.

Sponsors and partners of Feast Portland include: Adelsheim Vineyard, Alaska Airlines, Alpha Broadcasting, Archery Summit, Bargreen Ellingson, Bon Appétit, Bottlenotes, Buffalo Trace, Charlie's Produce, Chase Bank, Chipotle, Columbia Winery, Dave's Killer Bread, Domaine Serene Winery, Eater, Edible Canada, Elephants Delicatessen, Elizabeth Chambers Cellar, Elk Cove Vineyards, Food 52, Hama Hama Company, Hawks View Cellars, Heathman Hotel, Hotel Rose, House Spirits Distillery, KATU, King Estate, KitchenAid, KitchenCru, Le Cordon Bleu, National Pork Board, Nature's Path, Nestle Waters, Nicky USA, Omission, Oregon Brewers Guild, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission, Oregonian Media Group, OSU: College of Agricultural Sciences, Pacific Seafood, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Pollinate, Ponzi Vineyards, Portland Monthly, Prosciutto Di Parma, Provenance Hotels, R. Stuart & Co. Winery, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Sahale Snacks, Seattle Met, Snake River Farms, Sokol Blosser Winery, Standard TV and Appliance, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, The Nines, TMT Development, Travel Oregon, Travel Portland, Union Wine Co., USA Pears, Valrhona, VerTerra, Washington State Wine, Whole Foods Market, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Will Leather Goods, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Willamette Valley Visitors Association, William Grant & Sons, Williams-Sonoma and Zidell Yards.

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Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty is the flagship food and drink festival in the Pacific Northwest, capturing the current energy and enthusiasm driving America’s food revolution. Founded in 2012 by Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch, Feast Portland showcases local culinary talent and Pacific Northwest ingredients alongside internationally recognized chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders. Feast Portland is also a festival with a mission, donating its net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength.

For more information, visit http://www.feastportland.com and follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter (@FeastPDX).

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